Toby and Salome attend the same college, live in the same New York City neighbourhood, and have the same political views. And they are madly in love. But like many modern couples, their pasts and the stories of their families' lives are worlds apart from one another. When Salome suddenly realises she is pregnant, and she and Toby decide to spend their lives together, they must find a way to reconcile their two families. It becomes a tragically difficult task. Exotic, mysterious, and sometimes brooding Salome was brought to America as a young child. Her father, a Croat, barely escaped the wrath of Serbs who burned their village the day they ran. Salome's mother never made it out - or so Salome thinks. Branko Drago, the father, now mans an oyster boat in Louisiana, barely scraping by. The parents of all-American Toby, on the other hand, are upper middle-class academics living in the suburbs of New York. Toby's father, Brendan, is a history professor, and his mother, Chloe, an artist and writer. For Chloe, Salome's brusque, unpolished manner is impossible to accept. Salome's foreignness, which Toby finds attractive and mysterious, his mother finds uncomfortable and even haunting. But the truth is, Salome's family story is more horrifying than any of them could possibly imagine, and discovering this real story, and the secrets left behind with the collapsing Yugoslavia, turns out to be the tie that binds them - at least some of them - together. Valerie Martin's first full-length fiction since the Orange Prize-winning 'Property' is a major novel in every way.
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Valerie Martin writes beautifully and this novel is often moving and heartfelt.' -- Jessica Mann THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'TRESPASS is exquisitely balanced between a family story and a novel of ideas.' -- David Robinson THE SCOTSMAN 'A masterly tale of transgresson, acceptance, diplomacy, war, class conflict, love, forgiveness and jealousy... the journey is povocative and exhilarating.' -- Sarah Emily Miano THE TIMES 'Valerie Martin's talent for showing how the meanderings of day-to-day thoughts shape lives is at once authentic and powerfully ironic.' -- Charlotte Norman WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'TRESPASS is a beautifully constructed, richly textured and elegantly written novel.' -- Michael Arditti THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Melancholy seeps into this novel - thoughtful, outstanding and sometimes hopeful story of love, pain and uncertainty. Trespass is a very worthy follower to Property.' -- Jo Skailes THE HERALD 'Valerie Martin elegantly combines the menace of physical, emotional and ethical trespass in this penetrating novel, whose serene echoes of Ian McEwan's SATURDAY are punctured by visceral dispatches from the Balkans war.' -- James Urquhart THE FINANCIAL TIMES 'Martin's writing is crisp and delicate' -- Zena Alkayat METRO 'Among the recent novels that tackle contemporary events, TRESPASS is one of the best. The novel's gradual, teasing revelations will make you want to read it in one sitting.' -- Anthony Cummins THE BIG ISSUE 'Strung with measured menance.' -- Kerry Fowler GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'an absorbing family story.' -- Lucille Redmond THE DUBLIN EVENING HERALD 'This is an intriguing and well-crafted novel that leaves you wanting more.' -- Shannon O'Meara THELONDONPAPER 'This clever, complex and emotionally rich novel is written in simple but dense prose that is always readable.' -- Carol Birch THE TLS 'a compelling, wonderfully observed study of families and the histories from which they evolve... a strikingly resonant and emotive novel.' -- Charlotte Stretch TIME OUT '(Martin) once again proves herself adept at blending precise characterisation with shrewd plot twists.' -- Stephen Amidon THE SUNDAY TIMES 'an absorbing family story.' -- Lucille Redmond THE DUBLIN EVENING HERALD 'A powerful, unsettling novel that lingers long in the memory.' -- Anna Carey THE GLOSS
About Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and seven novels, including the 2003 Orange Prize-winning Property. She is also the author of a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi, Salvation. She lives in upstate New York.
Trespass by Valerie Martin
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